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  1. #1 Greetings & Wheels 
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    Hi all,

    I’ve been a forum member for quite a while but I only recently (finally!) acquired my Marlin Roadster. An interesting car in Tangerine Orange!

    Over all it’s in reasonable operational condition however it would benefit from a new set of tyres. Upon further inspection the steel wheels are in rather a sad condition and I would like to replace the wheels. It’s got a Morris Marina engine so I assume the running gear is also Morris Marina.

    My question is, what wheels will fit? I like the pressed steel wheels rather then the modern cast aluminium ones. As per the pics attached - the top pic in particular. Is the stud pattern common? Can I buy new wheels with this pattern?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    I'm digging the look of the steels on the blue car, very Morgan-styley.
    2000 Marlin Cabrio; 2.0 L Burton Pinto in Ford Nightfire Red with Magnolia leather interior.

    http://www.marlinownersclub.com/wppg...&image_id=2349
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    Based on a Marina? Probably but pics of suspension would confirm.

    Is it the car you went to look at, bright red with a tubular tyre carrier on the back?

    Marina Commercials were generally used as a basis of Trials cars, primarily because they used a very low ratio rear axle of a very different design, but they still appear on non Trials cars.

    Marina Saloons have the same PCD wheels 3.75” as many small Triumphs, but Marina Commercials have a different, larger, PCD 4.5” which greatly expands your choice of wheels.

    The most recent cars that used a 3.75” PCD was an MGF. But they used a much larger Stud diameter and require spacers, unless you use their spacesaver steel wheels which I guess now would be pretty rare. I think that finding a set of 5 Steel wheels will be quite hard.

    There are also a whole load more limiting factors for what you can fit sensibly, primarily the distance between the tyre and the steering arm, so the wheel offset distance has to be checked along with the tyre width.

    This has been discussed many times on the Forum. Open the Roadster section then do a search.
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    Glad to hear you finally have a Roadster - but which one have you bought ?

    The blue car above is Triumph based, with Triumph wheels, but the other two are Marina based

    Please PM me some some details and pics , thank you

    Rgds DC
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    Do I detect an anti-roll bar on the Blue car?

    As an F registration it’s not a Marina Reg, more likely a YKC Sierra based roadster?
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    Looking again at the pics, the blue and the green are both Triumph based front suspensions
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcunn View Post
    Looking again at the pics, the blue and the green are both Triumph based front suspensions
    Blue with F Reg plate, 1988 cannot be a Marina donor, but I agree the DVLA think it’s a Triumph. So how did it get that registration?

    Its one of those mysteries.
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    Try 1968
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcunn View Post
    Try 1968
    oops prefix not suffix! Easy mistake to make.

    If its ‘68, there is even less chance of finding a matching set of wheels, and my previous advice still stand.

    Is the OP’s car Triumph or a Standard Marina or a Commercial Marina with different PCD?
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    Many thanks for the replies. Here is my car - the Tangerine Dream!

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    I will get the spare wheel off and take some measurements...
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